“You can get a lot farther with a kind word and a gun than a kind word alone” (Al Capone). If a gun was held to your head or that of a family member and you were told you must stop a bad habit to prevent death, you could do it. That is called intrinsic motivation. We don’t want to coerce anyone, although we must sell ourselves in order to achieve our dreams. Desire the acquisition of dreams come true as badly as you crave the air you breathe. Dare to be original by being good and principled, while upholding steadfast concrete moral values and associate with people that sustain and reciprocate the like.
We each have different experiences, upbringings, and vantage points in life that have molded our current perceptions or realities. Whether they are positive, negative, rational, irrational, right, or wrong our perceptions are real and true to us. By acknowledging our perceptions and reasons why we perceive things a specific way allows us to change skewed, false, self-limiting, and negative perceptions about ourselves. People viewing us through their lenses versus us looking outward or inward can elicit totally different pictures. Possessing erroneous views about ourselves due to people saying mean, untrue, and hurtful things to us as kids or adults can skew our interpretations about ourselves.
We are children of God almighty created in His divine image. God loves you unconditionally no matter what. You cannot earn His wonderful love, forgiveness, and grace. Those blessings are given freely for everyone who decides to receive and believe. Consider getting plugged into a Bible believing church and joining a small Bible study group, which has the power to take a person out of negative environments and into joy-filled positive living.
Becoming engaged with a mastermind group of any kind, especially like-minded individuals, has impactful power to peacefully transform humanity, making an immensely constructive and profound difference in individual’s lives. We can all become anyone and anything we choose through desire, choice, effort, perseverance, self-discipline, passion, and intrinsic drive, more so than extrinsic motivating factors. Let that light inside you brighten peoples’ souls. In all you do today, ask yourself, “Would a successful, kind, empathetic, compassionate, and loving person think, say, or do that?” If not, consider different thoughts, behaviors, strategies, priorities, values, actions, principles, and responses. Live in grace and forgiveness. Embracing the divine encompasses massive responsibility and accountability toward doing what is right, while living a fully abundant fruit-filled life.